CYA 2017 Highlights

The absolute highlight of the CYA conference for me was catching up with new and old writing friends, and seeing many of them successfully place in the competitions.  The absolute look of joy on their faces as they were rewarded for their efforts in working on their craft and then having the courage to submitContinue reading “CYA 2017 Highlights”

Let’s Go Find the Women History Hides

Originally posted on Following the Crow Song:
Last weekend Jackie French mesmerised and intrigued Booklinks members and the public by speaking about the women history hides to raise money for an upcoming Symposium on literature and writing centres.  This is my account of listening to her talk. It was a shocking morning, hearing all about…

Writing Group – First of Year

I just love  my writing group. I have been attending Write Links for three years now, and over that time, I have: learnt more about the art and craft of picture book and middle grade writing attended numerous professional development workshops with many established writers in the field met the amazing Leigh Hobbs, whose charactersContinue reading “Writing Group – First of Year”

James Moloney: Writing a Series

Originally posted on Story Forge:
With fifty books to his credit, Aussie kidlit author James Moloney has plenty of wisdom to share about writing a book series. His first series was The Book of Lies. Because it was originally written as a stand alone, he learned what not to do for future series. Here’s the…

Harry Helps Grandpa – Approaching Alzheimer’s in a Picture Book

Karen Tyrrell is an award winning Brisbane based, ‘resilience ‘author, who publishes on this theme for both children and adults.   Her earlier books, like Stop the Bully,  have dealt with themes like bullying and mental health.  Harry Helps Grandpa Remember marks a slight change in direction,  in tackling the realities of dementia and theirContinue reading “Harry Helps Grandpa – Approaching Alzheimer’s in a Picture Book”